Johannes Brahms followed the classical tradition in form, but his music exhibits a strong lyrical romanticism.
Brahms was born in Hamburg, and the discipline and orderliness in his approach to music might be attributed to his North-German origins. He began his career as a café pianist, and he was later encouraged by Liszt and Schumann. At the age of 29 he moved south and settled in Vienna.
He was middle-aged before he wrote his 1st Symphony.
He wrote 4 symphonies, 2 piano concertos, a Violin Concerto, a double concerto for violin and cello, and a great deal of beautiful chamber music.